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The circular has been translated into english. It regulates the conditions for being granted a residence permit as a student at a religion/belief-based school or a student at a folk high school in Norway.
The circular regulates the conditions for a residence permit for foreigners who wish to study in Norway. Paragraphs 2.3, 4.1.1 and 8.1 have been changed. The revised circular clarifies renewal practice regarding the requirement for continuation of studies - among other things, studies on the same level as previous studies will only be accepted in exceptional cases, and only for studies at master's level or higher. The requirement for conditional admission to follow introductory courses in Norwegian is removed as this is contrary to the admission regulations. Moreover, legal references have been updated.
On 7 March 2017, the Council adopted a regulation amending the Schengen borders code to reinforce checks against relevant databases at the external borders. The amendment obliges member states to carry out systematic checks against relevant databases on all persons, including those enjoying the right of free movement under EU law (i.e. EU citizens and members of their families who are not EU citizens) when they cross the external borders. The databases against which checks will be carried out include the Schengen Information System (SIS) and Interpol's database on stolen and lost travel documents (SLTD). The checks will also enable member states to verify that those persons do not represent a threat to public policy, internal security or public health. This obligation shall apply at all external borders (air, sea and land borders), both at entry and exit.
UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Members of Religious Minorities from Pakistan dated 14 May 2012 are replaced by new guidelines from January 2017.
UNHCR has provided new guidelines regarding internal flight alternatives (IFA) for religious minorities seeking international protection. For many religious minorities, IFA is considered not relevant due to blasphemy and anti-Ahmadi laws and risk of attacks by armed militant forces. For all applicants, IFA is considered not available in areas affected by sustained security and military counter-insurgency operations, and reasonableness must be assessed. In light of the long history of sectarian violence and militant activities, including reports of serious human rights violations committed by some members of religious minorities, exclusion considerations may arise.
The visa practice memo is updated. Georgia is now removed from the yellow group, as the country became visa-free from 28. March 2017.
The circular and annex 1 and 4 have been translated, and are now available in english.
The circular has been translated into english.
Annex 5 Information on national derogations from the visa requirements is updated in accordance with the Commission notice dated 28 February 2017.
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